Friday, 11 December 2015

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Lukla, Everest in Nepal

Aerosoft make a fantastic airport scenery addon for Lukla airstrip (Tenzing Hillary Airport) at the base of Mount Everest in Nepal. It is perhaps the most dangerous airport in the World as it is very short, treacherous terrain, changing weather, very short and sloped runway and with no possibility of go-around.
Takeoff from Lukla
The Addon is only 75MB Install size and some very detailed and accurate buildings in Lukla village, the sloped runway and also two local strips and high definition local mesh. It is a good strip to use the Aerosoft DH-6 Twin Otter with for the landing. In fact it is possible to takeoff with the default Boeing 737!
Lukla Tenzing-Hillary Airport on FSX
Parked at Lukla
Check out the free Pilotage terrain map for the area. It does not mark Lukla on the map, but it's easy to see where it is by following the valleys down from Everest. It is quite a dramatic, steep descent to the airstrip and one needs to hit it right at the threshold, beware the uphill slope but that will help to cut off speed once on the runway. You will need power to get into the parking area, otherwise the risk of rolling backwards!
DH-6 approach to Lukla FSX
Approach to Lukla
Lukla is the starting point for all expeditions to Mount Everest, which is just to the NNW. Regular flights from Kathmandu take about 25 minutes. For an authentic flight, try the Thai Creations, Kathamdu International airport addon (Tribhuvan VNKT). It is not maybe a class scenery, such as expected from Aerosoft, but it is a vast improvement over the default scenery. When having this scenery loaded, it is important that Lukla is higher up the list in the Scenery Library, otherwise the mesh for the airstrip is incorrect.
DH-6 takeoff VNKT on FSX
Takeoff from VNKT
Kathmandu airport terminal on FSX
The Airport terminal at Kathmandu

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